Doane Now Offers Undergraduate Agribusiness Program on Crete Campus

Doane Now Offers Undergraduate Agribusiness Program on Crete Campus

Doane University’s recently launched Agribusiness program has expanded its course offerings to undergraduate students on the Crete campus, as of January 2019.

Doane’s College of Arts and Sciences will offer students the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness that includes a blended curriculum of both online (eight-week courses) and on-ground classes (traditional semester). The curriculum is designed to help prepare graduates for employment in a variety of fields including international agriculture, agricultural marketing, farm and ranch management, resource economics, rural development, and banking.

Students will also have the opportunity to declare agribusiness as a minor or emphasis area. The following courses are offered only online by Doane University as part of this program: Ag Futures and Options, Ag Law and Policy, Advanced Ag Technology, Ag Finance, Ag Sustainability, and Advanced Ag Management.

“It is important to understand the future of food and sustainability, both locally and globally,” says Dr. Jennifer Bossard, associate professor of economics at Doane. “The agribusiness program prepares our students to have a role shaping this future as well as having a voice in these conversations.”

The program is interdisciplinary, according to Dr. Bossard, merging science and business. In the program, students will establish a foundation in both business and environmental science and then build on that foundation by taking several agribusiness courses that integrate these fields. As students progress through the program they will enhance their skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration, which will prepare them to be leaders in the field once they graduate.

“This is an area of study that is in demand,” says Dr. Pedro Maligo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Our ability to deliver this program with its interdisciplinary design means that students will be well-prepared from a variety of perspectives, thus enhancing their competitiveness as graduates of the program.”

Doane’s College of Professional Studies began offering a Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness to adult students in August 2018. Additional details on the Agribusiness program can be found at doane.edu/programs/agribusiness